After hearing both Marissa and Katie gushing about the new Coutume Instituutti, located inside the Finish Institue in the 5th arrondissement, I knew I had to swing by for a cup of coffee to see what all the fuss was about. When I met up with my friend Sophia this weekend at our local coffee place, only to find it completely stuffed with people and without a single table available, she decided to take me here instead. Something that I’m now very happy about since this very likely could be a new favourite place in Paris for me. Cosy location, amazing light, delicious coffee and space (something that is extremely rare when it comes to Parisian coffee shops) – this place has it all.
Fashion month is (finally) over this time around and I can, after a very intense period of work, take a deep breath. So far I’ve spent the weekend drinking tea and eating cake together with Alix and Nicole, watched the sunset in front of the Eiffel Tower, had coffee with friends and enjoyed the amazing weather we’re currently treated to here in Paris. Today it’s even time for the very first picnic of the year! I couldn’t be more excited.
• I’m incredibly proud (and still in shock) to announce that one of my photographs of Nicole has been printed on a t-shirt for Zara and is now in stores for everyone to see. I still can’t believe it. Pinch me!
• Lupita won the price for best dressed at the Oscars without a doubt. Other favourites of mine were Cate, Naomi and Kate.
• I currently have a major crush on Alice‘s beautiful jewellery pieces (and manicure). Could it get any cuter?
• Here’s a little sneak peek on what Nicole and I were up to at 7am on Valentine’s Day while in New York. Can’t wait to show you the rest!
So a lot has been going on ever since I came back from Paris but these Instagram photos actually sum up a lot of the things I’ve been up to lately. I did a photo shoot for the luxury beauty brand Darphin and got to enjoy their adorable little courtyard, I strolled over Pont des Arts in between meetings, wandered around Montmartre on my day off, had breakfast at Merci, snapped this photo of my favourite Lauren and Katie (and little Daisy of course) in front of the “love wall”, shot with Nicole under these beautiful blossoms. Had breakfast together with Louis Vuitton and Nicole at Claus, was welcomed back to Paris by beautiful weather and a stunning Sacré-Cœur, started photographing my beloved Parisian doors again, enjoyed macarons and tea with Moda Operandi, passed by cute little flower shops and had my morning coffee outside (!) in a park.
A highlight during this hectic fashion week in Paris was definitely getting the chance to take a look around the beautiful Mary Katrantzou showroom together with Nicole and Tina. Without lying I can easily say that all of our jaws dropped to the floor as soon as we entered this space full of fashion goodies. We were suddenly transformed into three kids running around her showroom like children in a candy store. But could you blame us? Look at these amazing pieces. If you know anything about me by now, it must be that my heart skips a beat every time I see the perfect combination of pretty pastels – so it’s not that hard to imagine how I felt when I saw all of these baby blues and lovely pinks surrounding me. I absolutely loved shooting Nicole in Mary Katrantzou while in Florence earlier this year and I can only fantasise about how incredible it would be to get our hands on these wonderful pieces for a shoot in the future… A girl can always dream, right?
This fall I had the pleasure of shooting a story here in Paris for Bon Appétit Magazine focusing on food and drink in the (right now, very popular) 10th arrondissement. At the time, little did I know that the writer behind this amazing food guide was my good friend Lindsey. Funny how things work out sometimes, no? Even though it was quite challenging work I truly enjoyed shooting these photos which even made me discover new (favourite) restaurants along the way. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine if you have the chance or take a look at the preview of the article here!
Every time I go to New York I try to stock up on as many magazines as possible. On my way back home I lugged around eight heavy magazines along with a bag of M&M (I don’t know what to say, I just became obsessed with them over there) and even though my shoulder still kind of hurts it was totally worth it. This time the best cover award goes to New York Magazine, hands down. The lovely Lupita also reminds me of the fact that my favourite red carpet event of the year is happening tomorrow! Yes, I’m talking about the Oscars of course.
• If you’re in Paris and want to get a taste of the fashion madness currently going on in the city I suggest having a little look at my latest article for Condé Nast Traveler.
• The department store Printemps has gotten a temporary visit from Vogue and together they’ve created Vogue Café. Needless to say I’m already on my way, right? Thanks to Olivia Palermo for the hot tip!
• Even though I just returned from New York I feel like I’ve gotten bitten by the travel bug already… I’ve started contemplainging spring and summer travels already and these photographs by Nicole Franzen from Toscana certainly didn’t help.
Paris Fashion Week is once again going on in full force as we speak. This means an extra packed work week for me with a ton of shoots and lots of running around but I also get to see so many new and old friends who have all flown into Paris from all over the world. To see what I’m up to during this time I suggest following along through Instagram since you never know when I’ll be able to sit down and give you guys a full recap.
On a particularly sunny day earlier this weekend, I got the best welcome back to Paris ever in the form of a lovely stroll around Montmartre together with my favourite Lauren, Katie (who’s also an amazing photographer here in Paris) and Lauren’s adorable little dog Daisy. Montmartre is a neighbourhood which I’m not too familiar with just yet so thankfully Lauren was there to show us around. Our goal for the day? To eat several Nutella crêpes, make it up the many hills and for Lauren to have a little photo session together with Katie. I tagged along to snap a few shots of these lovely ones (and yes, for the crêpes and the great company as well of course) in action.
I could do exactly this all day long, every day. Stroll, eat, stroll some more, laugh, talk, stop for coffee, take some photos, laugh even more. I always have such a great time with these girls that it’s hard to notice that a whole day goes by in like a minute or so.
When I’m in New York I try to seek out food and sweets that I have a harder time finding here in Paris. We have many amazing restaurants and pastries here but we don’t have everything. Really good doughnuts and simple fried chicken are just two examples from my list of food that I can’t seem to track down when in the French capital. But thanks to all my amazing friends who are lucky enough to call New York home (and who knows me a little bit too well by know…) I managed to satisfy my cravings for all the delicious things I had been missing since my last visit. Japanese sushi, Italian risotto, Australian coffee, Thai soup, French croquembouche, Korean barbecue, Indian pancakes, American burgers and Swedish candy – you can literally find anything in that city. And yes, we ate it all.
A few food favourites from my New York-visit this time around? Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, doughnuts from Doughnut Plant (favourite flavours were: coffee, tres leches and carrot cake), fried rice and Pad thai at Laut, burgers from Shake Shack, coffee at these places, Italian at Maialino, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Korean barbecue somewhere (yes, stupid me I totally forgot) in Koreatown, lunch at Westville, Swedish candy from Sockerbit, another lunch at The Cleveland, delicious risotto and fries at Lafayette, afternoon tea at Bergdorf & Goodman, more coffee at Bowery Coffee, Stumptown Coffee and Intelligentsia, yummy brunch from Saxon + Parole and absolute cake-heaven at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop.
While emptying my memory cards from my time in New York I came across a bunch of photos I’ve yet to share with you all. It’s a little mix of everything I guess. Fashion week, a stroll through Central Park, the city and the cute squirrels I tried to (unsuccessfully) lure my way. It’s always so much fun getting to spend time in this fantastic city and I kind of miss it already, even though it’s so lovely being back in Paris.
Thanks to Nicole for turning the camera around on (a very uncomfortable) me.